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Sonoita & Elgin Tasting Rooms

Callaghan Vineyards

Located in the rolling oak-dotted hills of southeastern Arizona, at an elevation of 4800 feet, Callaghan Vineyards produces rich, complex red and white wines from its 25-acre vineyard. Mediterranean and Spanish varietals - Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Tempranillo, Mourvedre and Grenache - are the basic building blocks for their red blends, while Viognier and Riesling are blended for the estate wine. They will soon include Marsanne, Roussane, Malvasia Bianca and Gruner Veltliner. From their first vintage in 1991, their wines have received many accolades from the most respected wine writers/publications in the world.

Website: callaghanvineyards.com

 

Flying Leap Vineyards & Distillery

Flying Leap Vineyards & Distillery is based in Santa Cruz County & Cochise County, Arizona. This committed team of talented winemakers grows a select portfolio of both red and white wine grapes on two vineyards in southeastern Arizona. FLV produces a diverse portfolio of handcrafted wines at its winery located in Elgin, AZ about 45 minutes south of Tucson. A new distillery and event center are opening Fall 2016 right next door to the estate winery and tasting room. Visit other tasting rooms in Tucson, Bisbee, Willcox & Tubac.

Website: flyingleapvineyards.com

 

Sonoita Vineyards

Dr. Gordon Dutt, owner and founder of Sonoita Vineyards, is a retired soil scientist from the University of Arizona. As part of a research project back in 1973, he established an experimental vineyard on the red, acidic clay of the Babacomari Ranch in Southern Arizona. The success of that vineyard and the quality of the wines from those grapes led to the planting of a commercial vineyard in 1979, the first in the Sonoita-Elgin area. Sonoita Vineyards’ winery opened in 1983 with a first-vintage production of 300 gallons.

Website: sonoitavineyards.com

 

Village of Elgin Winery/Elgin Distillery

This winery features wines made with grapes grown in Southern Arizona, including the Sonoita AVA and the Willcox area. Along with Village of Elgin wines, the Four Monkey and  Tombstone wine labels are also offered for tasting and purchase.

Website: elginwines.com

 

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Arizona Hops and Vines

We're a small winery that's awesome! One of many great Sonoita-area wineries in Southern Arizona, our family farm is a fun, warm place for families and wine aficionados alike. Come in and enjoy our patio, tell some stories, and explore the wonders of a winery that has free Cheetos.

Website: azhopsandvines.com

 

Dos Cabezas WineWorks

Started by Arizona wine pioneer Al Buhl, Dos Cabezas WineWorks has been producing wines in southern Arizona for over 20 years. Now owned and operated by the Bostock family, Dos Cabezas grows several grape varieties at the 15-acre Pronghorn Vineyard in Sonoita and the 37-acre Cimarron Vineyard near Willcox. Visit the winery and tasting room in Sonoita or learn more about these highly regarded wines by visiting their website.

Website: doscabezas.com

 

Hannah’s Hill Vineyard

Established in 2004, our vineyard is surrounded by grasslands near mile marker 40 off of State Highway 82. Please join us on weekends from 10:00am - 5:00pm (4:00pm Sundays) for wine tastings or follow us on Facebook to find out when we’ll be sharing our wines near you!

Website: hannahshill.com

 

Kief-Joshua Vineyards

Kief-Joshua Vineyards is a small family business on 20 acres in beautiful Elgin. The first planting was in 2003 and currently they have about ten acres under vine, consisting of eight different varieties: Tempranillo, Mourvedre, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Reisling, Semillion and Viognier. The winemaker, Kief Manning, pursued viticulture studies in Australia, where he earned both a graduate and undergraduate degree in Viticulture and Enology. Kief-Joshua Vineyards is a winery defined by family, passion & enthusiasm, with a commitment to winemaking that will exceed expectations.

Website: kiefjoshuavineyards.com

 

Lightning Ridge Cellars

After their first trip to Tuscany, Ron & Ann Roncone decided the wine they'd make would be based on their Italian heritage. Lightning Ridge Cellars, a small family winery, was established in 2005. It represents years of personal endeavor from the ground up. The old world style of wines they make are simply the wines they enjoy most. Their estate wines are proudly made from classic Italian varietals: Sangiovese, Nebbiolog, Montepuciano, Primitivo, Malvasia and Muscat Canelli. Located at 5100 ft. elevation, their vineyards enjoy long warm summers and cool nights to provide the perfect combination for rich, full-bodied wines.

Website: lightningridgecellars.com

 

Rancho Rossa Vineyards

This family-owned winery specializes in varietal bottlings from their 22 acres of grapevines, using only 100% estate-grown fruit in their wines. The first vineyard was planted in 2002 and the second vineyard followed in 2003. Please visit their website to learn more!

Website: ranchorossa.com

 

Rune Wines

Rune Wines was founded by winemaker James Callahan in 2013 after many years of traveling and exploring the world of wine. Rune is about doing things differently. The focus is on producing something that is truly unique and enticing for those that would be intrigued. Current offerings include Syrah, Viognier, & Grenache.

Website: runewines.com

 

Wilhelm Family Vineyards

Kevin and Karyl Wilhelm bought 20 beautiful acres of rolling Sonoita-Elgin wine-growing land in 2003. Their first varietals, Syrah and Tempranillo, were planted in 2005, and soon proved Sonoita, at almost 5,000 feet, has a wonderful terrior for fine winegrowing. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, and a Spanish white, Albarino, known for its delicate apricot/peach flavors, were planted the following year. Over 5 acres are currently producing grapes for their wines, with 3 more acres planned for other varietals soon.

Website: wilhelmfamilyvineyards.com

 

Copper Hop Ranch & Microbrewery

2330 Highway 83

520-455-4673

A friendly hop farm and microbrewery run by husband-and-wife team Tom & Mel. As it so happens, they became Santa Cruz County's first licensed microbrewery! Look for small batch farm beers and alternative style ciders. Now open for tasting!

Website:  copperhopranch.com

 

Charron Vineyards

Located ¾ of a mile off scenic highway 83 between Tucson & Sonoita, Charron Vineyards is a small boutique winery producing hand-crafted Arizona wine. The winery’s signature White Merlot is made from grapes that are handpicked from mature vines grown at an elevation of 4023 feet. The long warm summer days, cool nights and Empire Mountain terroir are what sets our Merlot grapes apart. Milton & Susan Craig invite you to taste their wine while enjoying the spectacular views of the Santa Rita and Empire Mountains from the tasting room. The tasting room is open Friday - Sunday 10am - 6pm and weekdays by appointment

Website: charronvineyards.com

Sonoita is Arizona's first AVA or American Viticultural Area. An AVA is a distinctive grape-growing region designated by the U.S. Government (TTB) and is similar to an appellation of origin in other countries. Learn more about the Sonoita AVA HERE.